Avail yourself of the opportunities at Norsk Høstfest

With the Norsk Høstfest less than three weeks away, we are reminded of the many opportunities Høstfest affords those who take the time to fully experience the festival.

Høstfest is not just about the lutefisk, you know.

The latest reminder we had of the cultural education available in Minot because of Høstfest is Høstfest University.

We ran a news release earlier that was sent out by Høstfest, and it is worth repeating.

Adults can take classes this year at Norsk Høstfest University, which will be held Sept. 26-29 during the Høstfest at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

According to the press release, experts will teach classes in Scandinavian folk arts in a small group classroom setting. Students will receive personal attention from the instructor and will complete folk art project they can take home.

All of the classes are open to beginners. The teachers will supply the necessary tools so people can try out a craft before buying the tools themselves.

Students are required to pay general admission to the festival and to get to any Høstfest University class. The cost of the classes is separate.

The release went on to describe in detail how the instructors are experts in their fields. One of them, Master Instructor Harley Refsal, is no stranger to us or to people who attend Høstfest year after year. Refsal, who you’ve probably read about before in the Minot Daily News, is internationally recognized for reviving Scandinavian flat plane wood carving. The author of four carving books, Refsal was recognized by the King of Norway for reviving this Norwegian art in the country where it began.

Refsal is joined this year by experts who can introduce you to the art of rosemaling, show you how to make those artistic Scandinavian open faced sandwiches sold in high-end Nordic eateries and teach you crafts including Nordic knitting and jewelry design.

That, of course, is just a taste of what Høstfest University has to offer.

Speaking of taste, if you are craving lutefisk, the opportunity to indulge yourself in the Nordic fish – and even better tasting treats – is less than three weeks away.